#WWWWednesday – 27th January 2021


Hosted by Taking on a World of Words, this meme is all about the three Ws:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Why not join in too?  Leave a comment with your link at Taking on a World of Words and then go blog hopping!

Currently reading

A book for a blog tour and a book from my Classics Club list

Dublin's GirlDublin’s Girl by Eimear Lawlor (eARC, courtesy of Aria via NetGalley)

1917. A farm girl from Cavan, Veronica McDermott is desperate to find more to life than peeling potatoes. Persuading her family to let her stay with her aunt and uncle in Dublin so she can attend secretarial college, she has no idea what she is getting into. Recruited by Fr Michael O’Flanagan to type for Eamon De Valera, Veronica is soon caught up in the danger and intrigue of those fighting for Ireland’s independence from Britain.

The attentions of a handsome British soldier, Major Harry Fairfax, do not go unnoticed by Veronica’s superiors. But when Veronica is tasked with earning his affections to gather intelligence for Sinn Féin, it isn’t long before her loyalty to her countrymen and her feelings for Harry are in conflict. To choose one is to betray the other…

A Tree Grows in BrooklynA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (paperback)

The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident.

The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness — in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience. 

Recently finished

Links from the titles will take you to my reviews

To The Dark (Simon Westow #3) by Chris Nickson (eARC, courtesy of Severn House)

The Dead of Winter by S.J. Parris

A Prince and a Spy by Rory Clements

Mint by S. R. Wilsher

It’s the summer of 1976, and after nine years in prison, James Minter is home to bury his mother. A history of depression and a series of personal issues has seen her death ruled as suicide.

His refusal to accept that conclusion means he must confront his violent stepfather, deal with the gangster who wants his mother’s shop and, of course, face the family of the boy he killed.

But will his search for the truth in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a small seaside town, and the unpicking of the peculiar relationship his mother had with the Stonemason next door, put his own life in danger? (Review to follow for blog tour)

Saving the World: Women – The Twenty-First Century’s Factor For Change by Paola Diana (review copy, courtesy of Quartet and Midas PR) 

A passionate call for international gender equality by a leading entrepreneur; this smart, accessible and inspiring book makes the case for why all nations need more women at the top of politics and economics.

“The status of women is a global challenge; it touches every human being without exception. How is it possible that countries where women have achieved political, economic and social rights after exhausting struggles remain seemingly indifferent to the egregiousness of other nations where the status of women is still tragic? The time has come to help those left behind.” (Review to follow)

What Cathy (will) Read Next

When The World Was OursWhen The World Was Ours by Liz Kessler (review copy, courtesy of Simon & Schuster)

Three friends. Two sides. One memory.

Vienna, 1936.
Three young friends – Leo, Elsa and Max – spend a perfect day together, unaware that around them Europe is descending into a growing darkness, and that events soon mean that they will be cruelly ripped apart from each other. With their lives taking them across Europe – to Germany, England, Prague and Poland – will they ever find their way back to each other? Will they want to?

11 thoughts on “#WWWWednesday – 27th January 2021

  1. I’ve been meaning to get to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn forever! I remember a friend reading it in high school; she loved it and I’ve wanted to read it ever since! 😀 Happy Wednesday!

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  2. I’ve been using this pandemic time to revisit classics (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Diary of Anne Frank) and to reach for books I’ve long meant to read (A Night to Remember, Profiles in Courage). A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is on my list. How cool that you just finished it!


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